As it turns out, twice. This month, audiences can catch Adams and Streep on the same screen again -- though never together -- in Julie & Julia, which is based on two true stories. Streep plays legendary chef Julia Child, depicted just as she’s beginning her career in the culinary arts. Adams plays Julie, an aimless 30-something who decides to work her way through Child’s seminal cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Through the art of movie magic, their stories, though separated by an ocean and about 50 years, play out simultaneously on-screen.

“I can really relate to Julie,” Adams says. “She’s young and curious, like me, and she’s searching to fulfill her goals. She likes the thrill of the challenge.”

The roles seem fitting: Streep as the teacher, Adams as the apprentice who is following in her footsteps. Adams has certainly learned a great deal from Streep, calling her someone who “has set the bar for the rest of us [actors] to follow.” But Adams has figured out a few things on her own, too -- like, good things come to those who wait, and being nice will get you places. At this point in her life and in her career, she seems comfortable and content with where she is and whom she has become.

“I feel like a lot happened once I turned 30,” she says. “It was a moment of maturing and finally feeling more grounded. It’s a time and phase that I am very grateful for.”

Adams has plenty on her plate. On the professional side, she’ll be playing the lead in a romantic comedy called Leap Year, scheduled for release next year. She also plans to add a producer credit to her résumé with another upcoming project.

Offscreen, she’s got a few things on her to-do list too. Chief among them is to get married. She and longtime beau Le Gallo hope to tie the knot soon, though she’s been so busy up to this point that they’ve had little time to plan. But she already has an idea of what she wants her big day to be.

“We want a wedding that’s small and romantic, maybe on a beach at sunset,” she muses. “It will definitely be something earthy and outdoorsy. Family and friends will be invited, of course, but we’re not into anything too huge or over the top.”

Adams says that she’d like to have children eventually -- “I have so much respect and admiration for mothers; I think it’s the toughest, most fulfilling job there is,” she says -- but that she’ll probably keep the size of the brood smaller than the one she was reared in. “Although I adore my brothers and sisters, I don’t think I want that big of a family,” she says. “Two or three little ones running around sounds like a good number, I’d say.”

And can it be long before Adams, who up until now has been only a bridesmaid at the Academy Awards, becomes a bride there as well? Smart money would say no. But even if Oscar is fickle, Amy Lou from Castle Rock would still probably be pretty amazed at what Amy Adams has accomplished. She’s certainly come a long way from that community-theater production of Annie. So, what does she cherish the most from her career thus far? Not nominations. Not glowing reviews. Instead, it’s the people she’s met who have kept her going, even when she was close to giving up.

“I have met so many incredible actors and friends along the way,” she says. “Those memories will stay with me forever.”